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7-9 June, 2022
7 & 8 June – Park Royal Hotel
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9 June – Virtual only

About Future Food Asia 2022

We are proud to announce the launch of the sixth edition of Future Food Asia (FFA) Awards in June 2022. Over the next few months, the FFA Jury will select ten startup finalists to compete for the US$ 100,000 grand prize.

In the past five years, FFA has acted as springboard for innovators and empowered over 60 early-stage startups from Asia Pacific by providing them the stage to present their cutting-edge innovations and distributed over US$ 1 million in awards.

The startup finalists will showcase their innovations over a 3 day event at the Future Food Asia 2022 Conference in June. The FFA Conference has become the voice of AgriFoodTech innovation in Asia Pacific and brings together decision makers from leading agriculture and food corporations, influential investors, rising innovators and other key ecosystem players together.

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Future Food Asia 2022 Speakers & Jury Panel 

Future Food Asia 2022 Speakers & Jury Panel

Group R&D Leader, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe

Cargill

Group R&D Leader, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe

Cargill

Group R&D Leader, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe

Cargill

Group R&D Leader, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe

Cargill

CEO
Thai Wah Public Company Limited  

CEO
Esco Aster Pte Ltd

Executive Director, Sustainability and Agricultural Impact
Pinduoduo 

CEO & Co-Founder
Ninjacart 

President
The Good Food Fund 

President
Green Inclusive China 

CTO
Perfect Day, Inc.

Senior Regulatory Counselor
Keller and Heckman LLP

Adjunct Professor
Monash University

CTO
CJ Cheiljedang

CEO and Co-Founder
String Bio

Venture Partner
Jerusalem Venture Partners

Executive Director
Shanghai Gueva Investment Management Co.

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Great Wrap

Managing Director, Asia
Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers

Executive Director, Head of Direct Investments and Co-investments
Abu Dhabi Growth Fund (ADG)

Business Development Manager Meat Analogue
DSM

Co-Founder & CEO
Ÿnsect

Director, Food & Agribusiness
Temasek

CEO Singapore Branch
Rabobank 

Founding Managing Partner
Singapore Deep-Tech Alliance

Chief Revenue Officer
Asia Sustainable Foods Platform

Director
EECi-Biopolis, NSTDA

Group Leader, Food Process Engineering
A*STAR

Board of Directors & CEO
Phagelux AgriHealth Inc.

Chairman 
China Plant-Based Foods Association

Co-Founder & CEO 
DANA Venture Builder

Chairman and Co-Founder
MetaVerse Green Exchange

Associate Professor
China Agricultural University

Climate Finance Specialist, Agribusiness
ADB

CEO & Founder
v2food

Journalism Trainer, Author
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Associate Professor
China Agricultural University

Head of Ventures
Dole Sunshine Company

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Next Gen Foods

CEO
Hangzhou Jimi Biotechnology Co

Co-founder and CEO
RapidAIM

VP Imagery & Analytics Products
Planet Labs

Founding Partner
Green Leaf Ventures

Head of Biotransformation Team
Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation

Future Food Asia 2022 Partner Awards 

 

The Cargill Food for Good Award

Even as the demand to feed a rapidly-growing global population rises, so has the challenge to meet this need with healthy, nutritious and sustainably-produced food. Against the backdrop of climate concerns, increasing affluence and greater focus on healthier living, consumers are becoming more mindful about the impact of their food choices on both their bodies and the environment. More and more, they are seeking foods that are not only good for their health but also for the planet. The booming demand for plant-based / alternative proteins, immunity-boosting products, natural and organic ingredients are just some examples of this ever-growing conscious consumption.

 As a company with the vision to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, Cargill is proud to present one inspiring start-up with the “Cargill Food for Good Award”. The winning start-up will be one which is innovating new food solutions that do good – for people, product and/or planet. The winner will be awarded an in-field or lab-paid pilot, access to in-house experts and collaborations with Cargill Innovation Centers in the region, and be mentored by a Cargill project champion who will help them navigate the organization and leverage the benefits of the award.

 

The Thai Wah Prize for a Circular Bio-Economy​

Thai Wah, strategic partner for FFA2022, has recognized these challenges and is committed to the promotion of a circular bio-economy, thus hoping to accelerate the transformation towards a climate and nature positive economy. Thai Wah will be sponsoring the ‘Thai Wah Circular Bio-Economy Prize’, underpinned by 2 key tenets, Biomass Bioprocessing and Bioproducts, and will also include advisory solutions that help farmers contribute to this objective. The recipient of the prize would be one that is able to help repurpose biomass into a useful or valuable product.

The winner will receive full support from Thai Wah for their application development as well as pilot trial implementation. They will also have access to Thai Wah’s strong team of strategy and R&D professionals, with further assistance in their go to market strategy upon product validation.

Future Food Asia 2022 Partners

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INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER

Singapore Economic Development Board

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Dr. Yuchu Zhang

Pronounced as: Youchew
My Role at Cargill:  APAC regional R&D lead, CPAE R&D lead

My Professional Experience

I worked for a number of global food and food ingredient companies in technical innovation and product development in North America, Europe and Asia for more than 20 years. I have a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in food science & nutrition, specialized in nutritional composition in plants, beverage processing and the development of healthy ingredients and food. I lived in China, UK, US, France, Singapore and worked extensively in South East Asian countries. The experience enriched my understanding of diverse cultures, motivations and market needs. I am most known for my innovative spirit and authentic leadership style. I joined Cargill R&D in Jan 2021 and am based in Shanghai, China, with my family of four. I am responsible for Cargill’s APAC R&D team in Food Ingredient business. My team develops new ingredients and processes for the manufacturing of starch, sugar substitute, vegetable protein, oil and fat products. My team also co-creates solutions with our customers in our innovation centers and labs across China, SG, India, and SouthEast Asia. On my role as R&D lead for Cargill Protein Asia and Europe, I have teams in in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and across Europe.  

Motivation

Unlock R&D’s potential as an Innovation engine for business

Work experience

November 2020 – Current
Vice President, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe, Regional R&D leader, APAC

November 2017 – October 2020
Development director, Royal FrieslandCampina, Consumer Dairy Asia

August 2012 – April 2016
R&D director, WhiteWave Foods (acquired by Danone North America from June 2016)

January 2006 – January 2011
Senior R&D manager, Technical Innovation, Diageo North America

April 2004 – Dec 2006
Project Lead, Beverage Group, Nestle Research & Development Center,OH, USA

Education

PhD Food Science & Nutrition, The Ohio State University, 2004 MSC.

Food Production & Management, Nottingham University, 1999

BS. Chemistry, East China Normal University, 1996

What I am proud of

Brought many innovative consumer products to the market for household global and regional brands Developed technologies that elevated industry standards and improved consumer benefits Enabled R&D teams with capability development and motivated them with business results and career opportunities Built teams that are considered critical and innovation engines for business  

Francesca Kleemans

Francesca 在可可和巧克力行业已有 20 年的经验,现任嘉吉可可和巧克力事
业部亚太区董事总经理。
在此之前,她是嘉吉可可产品线的全球总监,负责该产品线在全球的战略规
划及发展。Francesca 热衷于为客户创造价值,并于他们一起成长。她认为可
可和巧克力在亚洲的未来发展,在保证产品质量的基础上,将愈发着重于为
消费者带来口感上的创新以及与上游可可种植农户的可持续发展合作。
Francesca 来自意大利,她与她的丈夫携 3 个子女于 2020 年举家搬迁至新加
坡。他们非常享受新加坡跨种族跨文化的环境以及这里的各种当地美食。

My Professional Experience

Francesca Kleemans is the Managing Director for
Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia Pacific and has
worked in the cocoa and chocolate industry for
almost two decades.
In her previous role with Cargill, Francesca was
the Global Director for the cocoa product lines and
was responsible for driving global growth through
optimizing capabilities and generating synergies
for customers. Francesca is known for her play-towin mindset and her passion to create differentiated value that helps customers thrive.
Building on a foundation of uncompromising product quality, she believes that the future
of cocoa and chocolate in Asia is about sensory innovation to excite consumers and
robust sustainability to enable farmers for generations to come.
Originally from Italy, Francesca relocated to Singapore in 2020 with her husband and
three children. Together, they are enjoying Singapore’s melting pot of people and food
flavors.

Zhehou Cao Resume

Education

University of Edinburgh (2016-2017)
• Master of Science (Neuroscience)
Imperial College London (2011-2015)
• Master of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)
• Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)
Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore (2005-2010)
• Junior College
• Secondary School

Work Experience

Founder & CEO of Jimi (Current)

Jimi specializes in the research and development of Cultured Beef.

CEO of Hangzhou YS Biotechnology (2018-2021)

YS Biotech is a stem cell and regenerative medicine research company that aims to
develop world-leading stem cell-based therapy and it has built a world-class stem cell
technology platform since its founding in Feb 2018

Program Director of Global Challenges @ Zhejiang-Edinburgh Institute (2016-2017)

Global Challenges is an interdisciplinary course that draws on expertise from across the world to address not only the issues surrounding our changing world, but also question why these events have taken place and what academics can do to address them.

Yoyo Wallet (2013-2014)

Participated in marketing and promotion of European mobile payment platform Yoyo Wallet, which was founded by the VP of VISA. It received a 12-million euros investing for its Series B round in 2017.

Outstanding Awards

‘Creating The World’ Global Entrepreneurship Competition 3rd Place (2019)
As the CEO of YS Biotech, I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Competition
organized by the City of Hangzhou, China. We emerged as the 2nd Runner-up amongst
more than more than 1000 project submissions and secured more than 17 million RMB of
funding through the competition.

Big Design Award (2014)
LiVO – Collaboration project between London Design Museum, Imperial College and
Royal College of Arts. Awarded by London Design Museum to outstanding projects.
(Modular Light Bulb)

Aeronautics Scholar (2011-2013)
Awarded by Imperial College London for academic excellence in the first two years of
undergraduate course in the aeronautics department.

Green Wave Award (2009-2010)
Created and organized in partnership with the National Environmental Agency, the
inaugural Singapore Environmental Ebook Discovery competition for primary school
students. The project was recognized by the Singapore government and given the green
wave award for the contribution my team and I have made to raise environmental
awareness in Singapore. 

Canoeing National Champion (2009)
Singapore Canoe Marathon Junior C2 21km – 1st
Asia Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary School (2004)
Platinum – Top 10 in Asia Pacific

Jian Yi

Founder & President, the Good Food Fund, CBCGDF

My Professional Experience

Jian Yi is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and founding president of the Good Food Fund, under the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) in Beijing, China. He is a Yale World Fellow, an India-China Fellow, and an Asian Cultural Council grantee. Jian’s films have won international awards and been shown around the globe. He led the Good Food Fund to be a leading voice for food systems transformation in China. Its Mama’s Kitchen initiative was named one of the ten global Top Visionaries by the Rockefeller Foundation. Jian served on the core leadership team of Action Track 2 of the United Nations Food Systems Summit in 2021. Jian earned masters degrees from the Beijing Broadcasting Institute and the University of Notre Dame, where he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. He is currently earning his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Mason Fellow and a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow.

Nanqing Jiang

Dr Jiang Nanqing, Secretary-General, Committee of Green Circular and Inclusive Development of All-China Environment Federation (CGCI-ACEF)

My Professional Experience

She works on carbon digital platform to standardize the carbon reduction of consumers and business as the president of a start-up, and the Committee focuses on circular economy and carbon reduction through standards and internet.

She holds PhD in Ecology, worked 10 years at UNEP China (2008-2018), 2 years Secretary General role of China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association (CPRRA) (2018-2020). She took efforts in taking the recycling sector of China to be align with branding companies and upstream of polymer companies for close loop. She serves the consultant of EU-China Environmental Policy and Circular Economy Dialogue, ADB, World Bank, WWF International on Plastics projects and report. She was invited by China Delegation to WTO to attend first WTO event on plastic pollution, and EU to attend EU Circular Economy. She is member of P&G Sustainable Development Committee and several charity foundations in China.

Dr. Paul Wood

My Professional Experience

Professor Paul Wood AO has led R&D teams from CSIRO, CSL and Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) and was Deputy-Director of the Vaccine Technology CRC. He brought several innovative products to the market, receiving recognition for his work to invent a new diagnostic test for Tuberculosis, including the CSIRO Medal, the Clunies Ross award and made an Officer in the Order of Australia. Paul is the Chair of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines and an Insect farming start-up, on the Boards of Dairy Australia and ATSE and currently an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

Michal Drayman

Venture Partner, JVP: 2021 – Current

Managed full deal processes from selection to due diligence, to deal structure, currently active
Board member, Innovopro, Greeneye, Agrint, Kinoko-Tech, cultivating fundraising and growth
strategy

Partner, JVP: 2014-April 2021

  • Partner & Chief Financial Officer (2014-2018), responsible for all financial and investor
    reports, due diligence, and compliance by team. Led full execution of public positions in Cyber
    Ark, bringing $550M to investors through sophisticated financial tools.
    ▪ Active member on the investment and deal flow teams
    ▪ Managed full deal processes from selection to due diligence, to deal structure, currently active
    Board member, InnovoPro, Greeneye, Agrint, Kinoko-Tech, cultivating fundraising and growth
    strategy
    ▪ Established and secured private and public funding for food-tech ecosystem in the Galilee,
    managing 20 municipal stakeholders, 4 R&D centers, academia, international strategic partners,
    and investors
    ▪ Active lead position in fund management, including hiring and supervision of staff.

Corporate Budget Controller (FP&A Director) Lumenis Inc Santa Clara, CA

  • 2001-2002
    ▪ Responsible for design and implementation of a global budget system (Pillar,
    Hyperion) for Lumenis after the merger with CMG (Coherent Inc Medical division).
    o The company’s revenues in 2001-2002 were over $300M, with the Americas
    region revenue representing about 50% of global revenues.

EDUCATION

M.B.A., 2010 – 2012
  •  Graduated with honors
    • The College of Management, Rhishon Letzion, Israel
    • Biomedical Management Track
    • B.A., Economic & Accounting 1993-1997
    • Haifa University, Israel
CFO & VP Business Development, European High-Tech Capital, Investment Firm
2005 – 2014

▪ Senior officer in a privately held (By Dr. Shimon Eckhouse) investment firm
focused on healthcare, invests across the entire spectrum of medical devices &
biotechnology
▪ Holds executive positions in several Shimon Eckhouse portfolio’s companies
(CFO, VP Bus Dev, etc.)
▪ Works on multiple deals and across all stages of investment including deal
generation, due diligence, deal structure/negotiation, legal documentation
▪ Works closely with portfolio companies and supports with fund raising, financial
planning and budgeting, legal activity, M&A and strategic investment
▪ Coordinates and supervises the management of the Eckhouse family estate,
comprehensive financial oversight of all liquid financial assets; works closely
with multiple significant global banks and investment firms


VP Finance, America, Lumenis Inc Santa Clara, CA
2001-2004


▪ Responsible for coordinating, administering and controlling financial operations for
the America’s region; managed a team of about 40 employees, directly reporting to the
CFO and CEO.
▪ Re-engineering and implementation of a new US finance organization after the merger
with CMG (Coherent Inc Medical division).Responsible for sales operations (including order admin and customer relation dept.)
▪ Involved in developing, modifying, and executing company policies which affect
immediate operations with company-wide effects.
▪ Supporting the region’s business management with all financial aspects of legal
contract review and new contractual obligations.
▪ Lead a cross organization project (“quote to cash”) that significantly improved the
regions ability to execute efficiently the sales processing, to enhance relationship with
customers and cash collection.
▪ Project leader for global Revenue Data Warehouse implementation and design.

Lumenis Ltd, Yokneam Israel (formerly known as ESC Medical Systems Ltd.)

  • 1994-2001
    ▪ Held several financial positions such as Controller and Financial assistant to the CFO;
    responsibilities included:
    ▪ SEC reporting.
    ▪ Composing annual reports, quarterly reports to shareholders, press releases and analyst
    presentation
    ▪ Managing of the company Option Plan
    ▪ Developed and utilized worldwide Transfer-Price study
    ▪ In charge of Company’s reporting to the US Tax authorities
    ▪ Involved in all financial aspects of company’s merger and acquisitions
    ▪ Building a company revenue recognition policy
    ▪ Payroll and benefits manger
    ▪ Contributed to compilation of 2 public offerings of the Company

Timo Recker

Co-Founder & Chairman, Next Gen
Company Name
Next Gen Foods 

Timo Recker is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Next Gen,
a Singapore-based food tech company that’s harnessing the
power of plant proteins to create the most delicious and
satisfying food imaginable.
A serial entrepreneur, Timo comes from a life-time background in the food space. Through
these ventures, he met co-founder, Andre Menezes, and the two jointly established Next
Gen in Singapore, sourcing a team of leaders in the plant-based space.
Previously, Timo was the founder and CEO of German plant- based meat company, LikeMeat.
He was responsible for the successful conceptualization, growth, and expansion of the brand
into ten European countries, with products sold through 15,000 supermarkets, ultimately
leading to the company’s acquisition by the global plant-based food company, LIVEKINDLY,
Co., in 2020.
Prior to LikeMeat, Timo worked for his family’s meat processing company, one of the leading
businesses of its type in Germany. It was through this work he became motivated to create
a company and products that would leave a better mark on the world — healthier, more
sustainable, and less destructive. And that is exactly what he has done, twice now. Timo is a
steadfast believer in the power of plants to create a better future for this generation and for
those in the years to come.

Maya Hari

Which country will you likely be dialing in from?
Singapore  

Maya is a global leader and seasoned C-suite executive in high growth digital and technology
companies. Her career has spanned two decades and 3 continents focused on mobile,
consumer and social businesses at companies such as Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Cisco.
She has also successfully spearheaded digital transformation at Samsung & Conde Nast.
She brings together a passion for high growth technology and sustainability as a CEO,
investor and board director.
She serves as the CEO of a climate-tech company Terrascope, a global Enterprise SaaS
company backed by Olam ventures aimed at helping large enterprises on their Net Zero
decarbonization journey.

Prior to Terrascope, Maya spent 7 years at Twitter in a variety of roles including VP of Global strategy as well as Managing
Director of Twitter’s Asia Pacific business. Over her career, Maya has built and led diverse organizations marrying cultural
contexts having worked and lived in the US, France, India and Singapore. She brings deep expertise scaling businesses
globally including key markets such as US, China, Latin America, India & SE.Asia.
She serves as a board member of ASX listed edu-tech company OpenLearning where she oversaw their IPO journey, as
well as Asia’s leading Insurtech venture Aviva Singlife Holdings as Independent Director and Chair of the Digital &
Technology Committee. She is an avid angel investor in technology and sustainability and is a key member of the
ecosystem via networks such as XA, TiE and YPO.
Maya is passionate about inclusion in the workplace, globalization and sustainability.
Some of her views & efforts in this area can be found below:
Observations on Managing Women
Emotional Inclusion Podcast
TED.com-Power of One (Sustainability)
Maya has an MBA from INSEAD in France and an MS in Engineering from the United States.
She is an avid hiker, art collector, architecture & design enthusiast and an urban farmer.

XinYi Lim

My Professional Experience

XinYi Lim is Executive Director, Sustainability and Agricultural Impact at Pinduoduo. She is responsible for Pinduoduo’s international corporate strategy efforts and innovation in sustainability and agri-tech. Before joining Pinduoduo in late 2018, she worked for Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, in both its Singapore and New York offices as a technology and media analyst in its Public Equities division. Xin Yi holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Vandana DHAUL

Chief Operating Officer

Vandana brings experience in entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and agrifood tech accelerator management and has worked in India and Singapore.

 

She began her career in financial services and has 10 years of relationship management and investment advisory experience across multinational banks. After her own successful startup journey, she led the design and delivery of entrepreneurship training programs at a leading VC in Singapore.

 

Most recently, she has been instrumental in the establishment of Southeast Asia’s first impact focused agrifood tech accelerator GROW, in partnership with AgFunder.

 

Vandana is a qualified CFA, holds a certificate in Agriculture Technology and has completed a strategy program at INSEAD. She is actively engaged in building capabilities to support growth in the Singapore and ASEAN agri food ecosystem.

Xiangliang Lin

CEO Esco Aster Pte Ltd

My Professional Experience

XL Lin graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Sydney, joining the family business upon
graduating. He started the Esco Group of Companies’ Healthcare division from beginning to end as a “Discovery to
Delivery” platform establishing its global partners and factories in USA, UK, Taiwan, Singapore/Indonesia.
He conceptualized as the overall systems architect the commercial chemical small molecule, biomanufacturing
large molecules including advanced therapeutic medicinal products tools platforms as well as overseeing detailed
engineering production and final quality control & assurance.
Overall conceptual designs merged multi-disciplinary manufacturing technologies with science and cross
disciplinary engineering from chemical to bioprocess, mechanical, electrical & controls instrument engineering as
well as cGMP Regulatory and cGMP Compliance.
In 2017, upon developing various commercial manufacturing platforms, providing translational process
development, commercial life science manufacturing tools and consultation for MNCs as well as start-up clients for
the past 10 years, XL spun off the continuous bio & chemical manufacturing technologies into an independent
contract development and manufacturing organization Esco Aster Pte Ltd. Its vision; to help Singapore translate
her assets bridging the translation gap from lab bench to bedside. In addition, to neighboring, developing and
countries new to these modalities with self-sufficiency to produce autologous & allogeneic cell-, gene- therapy,
vaccines and biosimilars/biobetters with the main focus on highest yield at the lowest cost with linearly scalable
quality.

Walter Ge

Walter Ge is the Founding Partner of Green Startups Accelerator and Green Leaf Ventures, the first impact fund on mainland China focusing on investing green startups. 

Walter became involved in the venture building in 2010 and started the “Green Startups Accelerator”, the pioneer platform for green innovation and entrepreneurship on mainland China via its hybrid model of “acceleration + impact investing” in 2013. It helps early startups with an environmental intent to overcome survival barriers and to sustain development. For the last 10 years, it has supported 300 green startups. 

Walter worked as cleantech specialist for Asian Development Bank to build the cleantech eco-system on mainland China between 2016-2018. He also leads the team in analyzing green industry trends and green market growth for climate compatible technologies and investment potentials for policy makers and investors.

In 2019,Walter launched the first impact fund to green startups on mainland China, the Green Leaf Ventures (GLV). The GLV focuses on investing agri-tech startups to combat the interlinked challenge of climate change, food security and sustainability and to lead the impact investing towards agriculture on mainland China.  

Walter holds an EMBA degree at HKUST and an MA degree at Beijing Normal University. 

Jim Thomason

Company Name
Planet Labs

Jim Thomason is VP of Imagery & Analytics Products at Planet, where he oversees a world-class team building innovative imagery and data solutions that make global change visible, accessible, and actionable. He joined Planet over 5 years ago and has worked closely with hundreds of customers in agriculture, government, finance, insurance, and beyond – bringing their needs to the center of Planet’s mission and product strategy. Prior to Planet, Jim has built his career managing high functioning technical teams to deliver market-making data products with companies like Cisco and Schneider Electric.

Kate Jarvis

Company Name
ADB 

Kate is an agribusiness professional with a passion for improving the sustainability of food production, distribution, and consumption. In 2021, Kate joined the Agribusiness Investment Team in ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department, where her focus is investment opportunities that improve climate resilience and gender equity within the agribusiness value chain. Prior to ADB, Kate worked with a UK-based startup that is developing technology to produce an animal feed ingredient using minimal water. She has a deep understanding of global agricultural markets and agribusiness investment, thanks to roles in commodities trading at Louis Dreyfus Company and Fonterra, and agribusiness private equity at Proterra Investment Partners. Kate has an MBA from University of Oxford. 

Jenny Xin Li

Senior Regulatory Counselor

Business Address: The Bund Center, 222 Yan’an Dong Lu, Shanghai, 200002, China Keller and Heckman LLP

Telephone No.: +86 21 6335 1000

Email: [email protected]

My Professional Experience

Jenny has a depth of experience handling food, beverage, and agriculture regulatory compliance issues throughout the product’s life cycle, from product composition, labeling, advertising, to product approval, import/export and post-market obligations. She provides day-to-day counseling on food regulatory requirements and helps identify and address the regulatory challenges clients face as well as anticipate and adapt to the future regulatory and policy trends and changes for clients’ business success. She works extensively on issues in China and other jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region.

She plays a key role in the establishment and growth of the firm’s food law team in Shanghai. She is also active in serving the food community such as American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai to contribute her food law expertise.

Education: University of California, Berkeley Law (LL.M., 2017), Shanghai Jiaotong University, Koguan Law School (Mater of Laws, 2008), Henan University School of Law (Bachelor of Laws, 2005)

Barbara GUERPILLON

Global Head of Dole Ventures   
Passionate about disruptive technologies and collaborative culture, Barbara works at the intersection of corporate innovation, technology and sustainability.

In October 2020, Barbara joined Dole to lead its corporate venture arm. Dole Ventures collaborates with start-ups to support profitable growth and enable the realisation of the Dole Promise, announced by the company in July 2020.

To achieve these ambitious goals, Dole Ventures wants to play a role in the complex innovation ecosystem, by breaking down traditional barriers and tapping into talent, science, and technology.

For the last 15 years, Barbara has developed an exhaustive understanding of disruptive technologies, digital environments, and their commercial applications. A respected driver of innovation, Barbara has a track record of building successful collaboration between start-ups and corporate, engaging with tech communities, accelerators, and VCs, as well as building meaningful ecosystem relationships to accelerate growth.  Prior to her role at Dole, Barbara built and led for 5 years Unilever Foundry, Unilever’s platform for start-ups engagement, which she then transformed into a cross-functional technology discovery platform, while designing and managing internal and external innovation networks.

A mentor for start-ups, Barbara speaks regularly on corporate innovation and the importance of inspiring entrepreneurial spirit within companies. 

About Dole Sunshine Company

Acquired by ITOCHU in 2013, Dole Sunshine Company is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing, and marketing fresh tropical fruit and healthy drinks & snacks. Dole Food& Beverage sells a full line of packaged shelf stable fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. And Dole Fresh Produce sell in Asia fresh pineapple, bananas, papaya and avocados.

The company focuses on four areas of sustainability in all its operations: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction. For more information, please visit dolesunshine.com.​

About the Dole Promise 

In 2020 Dole announced The Dole Promise, with its three pillars around nutrition, sustainability and the creation of shared value.


We have given ourselves five years to deliver on our ambitious goals. These include providing sustainable nutrition for a billion people, the elimination of processed sugar from our products, zero fruit loss from our farms, zero emissions and zero fossil-based packaging.

Better for People: Access to sustainable nutrition for 1 billion people by 2025, moving towards zero processed sugar in all Dole Packaged

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Barbara Guerpillon

Global Head of Dole Ventures

Passionate about disruptive technologies and collaborative culture, Barbara works at the intersection of corporate innovation, technology and sustainability.

In October 2020, Barbara joined Dole to lead its corporate venture arm. Dole Ventures will collaborate with start-ups to support profitable growth and enable the realisation of the Dole Promise, announced in July 2020.

For the last 15 years, Barbara has developed an exhaustive understanding of disruptive technologies, digital environments, and their commercial applications. Prior to her role at Dole, Barbara led Unilever Foundry, Unilever’s platform for start-ups engagement, which she then transformed into a cross-functional technology discovery platform, while designing and managing internal and external innovation networks.

SoundBites

I am looking forward to talking about the importance of building collaborative ecosystems in an environment which is more and more volatile.

Innovation ecosystems are complex and for Dole to achieve our ambitious goals, we need to work at breaking down traditional barriers and tapping into talent, science, and technology.

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Directrice de Dole Ventures, Barbara est notamment en charge de l’agenda sur la réduction de l’empreinte écologique de la société via les nouvelles technologies. Dole est une entreprise multinationale fruitière, dont le siège est à Singapour. Un des plus grands planteurs de bananes et d’ananas au monde, Dole travaille dans 70 pays et a des revenus annuels de plus de 2 milliards de dollars.

Thirukumaran Nagarajan

Co-founder and CEO, Ninjacart

My Professional Experience

Thirukumaran Nagarajan is the Co-founder and CEO of Ninjacart – India’s largest fresh produce supply
chain company. Ninjacart’s focus is to make our innovation more accessible and leverage our strengths
to innovate for new product categories and customer segments while solving complex supply chain
problems.
On seeing a gap in the food distribution market and opportunity to add value through technology, Thiru
founded Ninjacart as an on-demand grocery delivery company in 2015 along with Vasudevan
Chinnathambi, Kartheeswaran KK, Ashutosh Vikram, and Sharath Loganathan. Thiru later realized
upon the inefficiency of the current supply chain for perishable produce and pivoted the company to
become an end to end B2B fresh produce platform. Thiru’s vision is to build India’s most efficient and
largest supply chain company, improving the lives of producers, businesses & consumers in a
meaningful manner.
Thiru holds a PGDM in Finance and Operations from the prestigious IIM Kozhikode. Prior to starting
Ninjacart, Thiru has worked with ABB, Axis Bank, Aavishkar & TaxiForSure in varying capabilities. Thiru
is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded EduRaft (Education Classifieds startup) and Shout App
(Location-based social network app) earlier.

Dr Melanie Weingarten

Company Name
Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation

“The Foods of Tomorrow Series: How Biotechnology is Changing Food Production”

Title: Food Revolution by Alternative Proteins 

Dr. Melanie Weingarten is head of the department “Biotransformation” at the Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI), A*STAR. Before joining in April 2021, she worked as a Senior Researcher at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen in Germany in the departments “White Biotechnology Research” and “Process Research & Chemical Engineering” from August 2008 to March 2021. She was responsible for synthesis and process development for projects in nutrition and health chemistry, aroma chemicals, crop protection, pharma, cosmetics and biopolymers. Her educational background is in chemistry and physics having studied as a fellow of the German National Merit Foundation at RWTH Aachen in Germany and at UC Berkeley in USA. She graduated (Dr. rer. nat.) under the supervision of Prof. A. Fürstner at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Germany in metalorganic chemistry and natural product synthesis followed by a post-doctoral stay at MIT, USA with Prof. B. Imperiali in biochemistry and microbiology.

Proteins play a very important role in human health and with rising income and an increasing global population, the demand for proteins is growing. How to secure the sustainable supply of protein under these circumstances? Traditional proteins alone cannot be the answer due to e.g. environmental footprint and detrimental effects on health. Alternative sources of protein today are on the rise and are mainly originating from plant proteins. We are all familiar with products like e.g. ImpossibleTM burger. However, the range of sources for alternative proteins is expanding due to innovation in fermentation, animal cell culture, edible insects and hybrid products. The talk will elucidate the development of these powerful biotechnology production methods and compare them with the world of plant protein. Furthermore, it will demonstrate how the key purchasing criteria of the consumers are addressed as part of a successful outcome of the protein revolution that we are currently experiencing.  

Sunil Sukumaran

, Chief Technology Officer

My Professional Experience

Sunil Sukumaran serves as Chief Technology Officer at Perfect Day, a consumer biology
company on a mission to create a kinder, greener tomorrow by developing new ways to make
the foods you love today — starting in the dairy aisle. In his role, he leads a global team of
scientists, engineers, and researchers on the development and innovation of Perfect Day’s
technology.
Sunil brings nearly two decades of expertise in using razor-sharp focus to make simple, yet
impactful moves at the right time with the appropriate resources to bring about positive
change. He has driven research and development breakthroughs by identifying the strengths of
his team, deploying the best-in-class tools, and putting in place procedures to allow for
efficiency and collaboration.
Sunil joined Perfect Day as the Head of Operations and Vice President of R&D, before being
promoted to Chief Technology Officer. He was previously with Anthem Biosciences, where he
served as the Head of R&D for a decade, responsible for leading the biology team to some of
the most diverse and significant product developments in the company’s history. Through his
mentorship of a team of talented innovators, during his time at Anthem Biosciences several
processes were transitioned from the lab into the vessel, at scales of tens of thousands of liters.
Prior to Anthem Biosciences, he served as a Research Associate at the Institute of Molecular
and Cell Biology.
Sunil’s ability and dedication to bringing scientific rigor to the creative process of discovery
allows companies to create new categories at an unprecedented pace. He sees the visionary
goals of saving the planet and impacting lives not just today, but forever, as the motivation
behind each scientific and technological discovery.
Sunil earned his PhD in biotechnology from Anna University and the University of Leicester and
completed his post-doctoral training in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Southern
California. He is passionate about the future of animal-free dairy and, with the rest of the
Executive Leadership Team, is driving Perfect Day to its vision of building a more equitable,
resilient, and diverse food system for all of us.

Nancy Schellhorn

Company Name
RapidAIM

Nancy’s Bio

Dr Schellhorn is co-founder and CEO of RapidAIM real-time pest detection technology, that takes the guesswork out of pest management. Prior to co-founding RapidAIM, Nancy was a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO in Brisbane Australia where she worked across grain, and horticulture systems to develop sustainable pest management solutions to achieve productivity and biodiversity. Nancy has served on many national and international committees and advisory panels; has received many accolades and awards, and over 1600 peer-reviewed citations.

Sze Tan

My Professional Experience

Sze Tan is currently the Chief Technology Officer of CJ CheilJedang based in South Korea. Prior to this, she spent 23 years in Nestlé and held multiple roles including MD of Regional R&D, Global I&R Manager and Global Technology Platform Manager. An authentic thought leader and a strong advocate on research and applications of emerging, sustainable technologies to drive consumer-centric innovation. Sze holds a PhD in Food Science and MBA.

Wei Yu

Company Name
Xiaozao Tech & Lyxia

Ph.D. in Bio-engineering, UCLA. Microalgae bioscientist. Entrepreneur.

Worked in mircroalgae industry for years, accumulaed rich experiences.

Nominated by Patrick Soon Shiong Innovation Award; shortlisted for the Von Liebig Award by US Department of Energy; shortlisted for the Clean Energy Accelerator Award by US Department of Energy; shortlisted for the final round of Flow Competition by US Depatment of Energy; selected by the Kunpeng start-up plan; Won the Future Food Asia Award 2018.

Zada Haj

Co-founder & CEO
DANA Venture Builder

“happiness is when you think what you say and what you do are in harmony”
Mahatma Gandhi

My Professional Experience

Forbes 30Under30, With an Industrial and Management
Engineering background and years of proactive
and advisory and board roles in local acceleration programs, Zada
accumulated extensive
experience in both Israeli and Palestinian innovation ecosystems.
She has assembled
and led her own Startup team, and participated in multiple
acceleration programs. Over
the years, Zada received several awards in Tech and Innovation
competitions and
Hackathons. Additionally, Zada served as an advisor for Arab
women-empowerment
programs aimed at increasing diversity throughout the ecosystem.
Zada is a
storytelling coach with deep knowledge of AI and Machine
Learning tools, including
considerable expertise in coding. She delivered a Python coding
course at Appleseeds
Academy and Tel Aviv University.Zada has been engaged in
various initiatives to
integrate Arab Israelis into the innovation ecosystem, and that
bring international
investment to startups in the West Bank.
Zada is the CEO and Co-founder of the DANA Venture Builder,
Dana is a bespoke accelerator program for women-led start-ups in
the Desert Tech
sector, Based in the MENA region, the offices are in Israel and Abu
Dhabi.
Zada’s vision is to lead a global Impact by bringing tech and
innovation to the
negotiations table instead of politics. 

Nick Hazell

Company Name
v2food

About v2food

v2food is a new, innovative Australian company committed to making delicious food that is good for you and good for the planet. Developed with over 100 years of CSIRO food & science research and with powerful collaborations within the food industry, v2food will play a pivotal role in changing the way we feed the growing global population sustainably.

Recognising that there is a need for a version 2 of the food system, v2food is developing a range of plant-based meat products that taste great for all consumers. Working with the Australian agriculture sector, v2food is part of the growth of a new $6bn+ industry in Australia and a major exporter throughout the world as part of the goal to feed 10 billion people by 2050.

Formed in January 2019, V2food is now Australia’s leading plant based meat brand, and exports extensively into Asian markets.

Nick Hazell

Nick Hazell is an experienced food innovator, lecturer and consultant who is CEO & Founder of Australian startup v2food. Launched nationally in October 2019, v2food has developed plant-based meat, building on a close collaboration with CSIRO to create tasty, sustainable and healthy products.

Hazell holds a Master of Manufacturing from Cambridge University. He worked in aerospace and chocolate manufacturing before moving into research and development in the food industry, working at global multinationals in The Netherlands and Australia. He was R&D Director at Masterfoods and at PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand, working on products like Grain Waves, Red Rock Deli, Sunbites and Smiths. He lectures in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS and has consulted to CSIRO and the meat industry.

Kavita CHANDRAN

Company Name
THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION

BIO: Kavita Chandran, Journalism Trainer and Content Consultant, Asia

Kavita Chandran is a journalism trainer and news content advisor based in Singapore. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked in newsrooms across the United States and Asia, reporting, writing and editing stories. She started her career in New Delhi as a business reporter and moved on to anchor shows for CNBC Asia. She worked as a Breaking News editor with Bloomberg in New York, and then spent 10 years in Reuters’ newsrooms as a trainer and Front Page editor.
Kavita is currently a certified journalism trainer with the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) and the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), where she trains journalists across Asia on topics such as climate change, human trafficking, racial injustice and social inclusion. She is also a mentor for young journalists, moderator at news events, and speaker on ‘Solutions Journalism’ as a catalyst for change in the media.
Kavita is a published author of a book, a freelance journalist, and an adjunct faculty for Journalism and Communications at Murdoch University, Kaplan Institute, and S.P. Jain Global School of Management. She is also a member of the alumni board at Columbia University. She has an M.A. in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications in New Delhi, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York

She can be reached at [email protected]     

Bo Bai

My Professional Experience

Dr Bo Bai is the executive chairman and co-founder of MetaVerse Green Exchange (MVGX). Before co-founding MVGX, Dr Bai founded the Asia Green Fund, an award-winning impact private equity firm with around $2 billion assets under management.

Dr Bai was a partner and managing director for Warburg Pincus from 2009-2016, where he led its investments in the energy, industrials, and business services sectors in Asia. Previously, he worked at First Reserve Corporation and Goldman Sachs.

Dr Bai is also the Chairman of East Low Carbon, and a director of Capital Heating, Four Rivers, Hosjoy, Low Carbon Environment, and AIPark.

Dr Bai holds a BSc and an MSc in Modern Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, a certificate from the Sloan School of Management at MIT in the Financial Technology Option, and a PhD in Physics from MIT. He is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/baibo

Dr. Yuchu Zhang

Pronounced as: Youchew
My Role at Cargill:  APAC regional R&D lead, CPAE R&D lead

My Professional Experience

I worked for a number of global food and food ingredient companies in technical innovation and product development in North America, Europe and Asia for more than 20 years. I have a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in food science & nutrition, specialized in nutritional composition in plants, beverage processing and the development of healthy ingredients and food. I lived in China, UK, US, France, Singapore and worked extensively in South East Asian countries. The experience enriched my understanding of diverse cultures, motivations and market needs. I am most known for my innovative spirit and authentic leadership style. I joined Cargill R&D in Jan 2021 and am based in Shanghai, China, with my family of four. I am responsible for Cargill’s APAC R&D team in Food Ingredient business. My team develops new ingredients and processes for the manufacturing of starch, sugar substitute, vegetable protein, oil and fat products. My team also co-creates solutions with our customers in our innovation centers and labs across China, SG, India, and SouthEast Asia. On my role as R&D lead for Cargill Protein Asia and Europe, I have teams in in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and across Europe.  

Motivation

Unlock R&D’s potential as an Innovation engine for business

Work experience

November 2020 – Current
Vice President, Cargill Protein Asia & Europe, Regional R&D leader, APAC

November 2017 – October 2020
Development director, Royal FrieslandCampina, Consumer Dairy Asia

August 2012 – April 2016
R&D director, WhiteWave Foods (acquired by Danone North America from June 2016)

January 2006 – January 2011
Senior R&D manager, Technical Innovation, Diageo North America

April 2004 – Dec 2006
Project Lead, Beverage Group, Nestle Research & Development Center,OH, USA

Education

PhD Food Science & Nutrition, The Ohio State University, 2004 MSC.

Food Production & Management, Nottingham University, 1999

BS. Chemistry, East China Normal University, 1996

What I am proud of

Brought many innovative consumer products to the market for household global and regional brands Developed technologies that elevated industry standards and improved consumer benefits Enabled R&D teams with capability development and motivated them with business results and career opportunities Built teams that are considered critical and innovation engines for business